Week Six Update From The Legislature
This week was devoted to the Governor and her learned abilities to VETO Bills. The week started with what Republicans thought would be a big win on a budget. However, instead of following the Legislature’s lead by passing the continuation budget, the Governor vetoed all 13 Budget Bills. Now, it is back to square ONE.
Remember the budget deadline is June 30, 2023…don’t plan on any vacations, Legislators! You will still be working on DRAFT Number. Nothing like killing the budget and sending our leadership into a tailspin. Check out Bills SB1523 –SB1535, that were all vetoed on 2/16/23.
Other exciting legislative action was primarily devoted to long committee hearings as legislators raced to meet the 2/17/23 deadline, of having Bills heard in committee in their chamber of origin.
Bills not yet heard in committee are now dead for the remainder of the session unless the language they contain is amended onto existing live Bills (for example Striker Bills).
Check out these Bills:
- HB2316= Rep. Matt Gress made a HUGE mistake by voting NO on this Bill. Because of his vote, the Bill died in Committee and any further movement. This Bill referred to the federal government; mandatory vaccinations; prohibition. Not a good move Representative.
- SB1695= This is a great Bill introduced by Senator Jake Hoffman, regarding election violations; disenfranchisement; new election.
- SB1485 national popular vote; interstate agreement and SB1486 voting; ranking; ballot format; keep an eye on both of these. Right now, they do not possess a threat (Both Democratic Bills), but you never know.
Link to Bill Status Report: Click As Of 2-10-2023 AZ STATE LEGISLATIVE BILLS AND ACTIONS and for Link to Abbreviations: Click 2023 Abbreviations 2-22-2023. You may need to click on the bill number and select open hyperlink.
How to read the Bill Status report. All the Bills listed on the attachment are ALL the Republican introduced Bills. Bills highlighted in Green are the GOP Bills monitored on a daily basis. Bills highlighted in Blue are Democratic Bills deemed necessary to follow. Bills highlighted in Gray, are ones introduced by LD2 legislators, Senator Kaiser and Representative Wilmeth. Bills highlighted with yellow in the status column, are the ones completed thru today, 2/18/23, and up to date.
If there are Bills that are not specifically monitoring, PLEASE let us know and we’ll forward to the preparer. Remember, each Bill Number listed is a link to the Bill and you can access the status, documents and Agenda’s by clicking onto the link.
Days of Session: 40
Bills Posted: 1625
Bills Passed: 13
Bills Vetoed: 13
Bills Signed: 0
Resolutions Posted: 97
Resolutions Passed: 0